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GM Proposing $37 Million Expansion of Plant

July 25, 2014 3:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co. is considering a $37 million expansion of a mid-Michigan plant that makes three crossover vehicles. The Detroit automaker is seeking a tax break for work at its Lansing Delta Township assembly plant, which makes the ...

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How to Collect the Right Data

July 25, 2014 2:46 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Much artificial-intelligence research addresses the problem of making predictions based on large data sets. An obvious example is the recommendation engines at retail sites like Amazon and Netflix. But some types of data are harder to ...

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Nanoparticle "Alarm Clock" Could Awaken Immune Systems Put to Sleep by Cancer

July 25, 2014 2:40 pm | by Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center | News | Comments

Tumors protect themselves by tricking the immune system into accepting everything as normal, even while cancer cells are dividing and spreading. One pioneering approach uses nanoparticles to jumpstart the body's ability to ...   

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Work Improves Solar Thermal Collectors

July 25, 2014 2:23 pm | by University of the Basque Country | News | Comments

Many research centers and companies have taken advantage of this possibility and collaboration has been set up with this research group to obtain absolute, reliable measurements of the emissivity of their materials, tools or components. In the most recent ...

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Formula Calculates Thickness of Bombproof Concrete

July 25, 2014 2:10 pm | by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft | News | Comments

A new type of steel-reinforced concrete protects buildings better from bomb attacks. Researchers have developed a formula to quickly calculate the concrete’s required thickness. The material will be used in the One World Trade Center at ...

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Impala Investigation After Air Bag Complaints

July 25, 2014 1:58 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The petition alleges that the weight sensor in the passenger seat can malfunction and disable air bags before a crash. It says GM used the same system in other models from 2004 through 2010. The agency says it evaluated the complaint but ...

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Feds Probe Dodge Charger Alternator Complaints

July 25, 2014 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In one case a car stopped in traffic with smoke coming from the alternator, which generates electricity to recharge the battery and run other devices. Chrysler says it's cooperating in the probe. Investigations can lead to recalls but ... 

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Photos of the Day: The Black Hornet Pocket Helicopter

July 25, 2014 1:44 pm | by Jason Lomberg | News | Comments

It weighs 16 g, can fly for up to 20 minutes, and fits in the palm of your hand. It’s the Prox Dynamics PD-100 Black Hornet, a mini helicopter which uses embedded cameras and a digital data link to provide real-time video for ground troops ...

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Engineering Update: Marines Begin Testing Robotic Mule

July 25, 2014 1:24 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The United States Marines Corps began testing Boston Dynamics' legged squad support system at the Kahuku training area in Hawaii. For those who don’t know, the LS3 is a robotic pack mule that could function autonomously and ...   

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Magnets for Fusion Energy: Revolutionary New Manufacturing Method

July 25, 2014 1:12 pm | by Nagato Yanagi, National Institutes of Natural Sciences | News | Comments

NIFS, of NINS in Japan, has achieved an electrical current of 100,000 amperes, which is by far the highest in the world, by using the new idea of assembling the state-of-the-art, high-temperature superconducting tapes to ...    

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Sunshield is Length of a Tennis Court, Folds Like an Umbrella

July 25, 2014 12:56 pm | by Rob Gutro, NASA Goddard | News | Comments

The Sunshield folds up like an umbrella around the Webb telescope's mirrors and instruments during launch. Once it reaches its orbit, the Webb telescope will receive a command from Earth to unfold, and separate the Sunshield's five layers into ...

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Photos of the Day: Volvo XC90 Has Two World Firsts

July 25, 2014 11:44 am | by Volvo Car Group | News | Comments

Volvo Cars’ all-new XC90 will take the company a significant step closer to its vision that no one will be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car by 2020. These innovations will form part of a suite of safety features that will make ...

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Research Team Unlocks Insights Into New Nano-Materials

July 25, 2014 11:19 am | by University of Leicester | News | Comments

A new study by researchers from the University of Leicester has furthered our understanding of how tiny nanosystems function, unlocking the potential to create new materials using nanosized 'building blocks'.  The technique excited ... 

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Small Holes Cause Big Jitters In World's Sixth Tallest Building

July 25, 2014 11:09 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

For the developers of the world's sixth tallest building near Seoul, a mysteriously shrinking lake and the appearance of small sinkholes in residential neighborhoods couldn't have come at a more inopportune time. Plans for the super-high tower first surfaced in ...

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Wireless Home Automation Systems Are Very Revealing

July 25, 2014 10:32 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

For the purposes of their study, the researchers took on the role of a malicious attacker. 'Using a simple mini-PC no bigger in size than a packet of cigarettes, we eavesdropped on the wireless home automation systems and were able to ...

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